Shedding Light on the Conspicuous Issue of Prostitutes in India from a Feminist Perspective

  • Ayushi Srivastava
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  • Ayushi Srivastava

    Student at National Law University Odisha, Cuttack, India

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Prostitution is perceived as a social vermin and disruptor of the social structure without being sympathetic to the fact that they emerged because of brutal socio-economic conditions. Historically woman is treated as a man’s ward and dependent on him. Every woman was possessed by a man; however, the sexual desires of myriad women may be left unnoticed. Moreover, her dependency leads to her abuse and bolsters her urge to be economically independent. Liberal feminists see prostitution as a way out by providing her autonomy in different dimensions. Prostitution is often lampooned on the ground that it gives room for human trafficking, but this notion can be countered with the presence of various legal instruments that provide for its abolition. Prostitutes are often subjected to violence and abuse, with vague laws adding to the woes, which give no space for consensual sex work. Consensual sex work can be perceived as a women’s right to self-determination, which involves the expression of her autonomy both sexually and economically. It allows women to make choices in relation to their sexuality and opens avenues for economic liberation. The Supreme Court of India’s recognition of prostitution as a profession and legalising voluntary sex work can be harbingered as a significant step in the fight for the rights of prostitutes continuing for ages.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 1, Page 576 - 584


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